Vikings running back Dalvin Cook cleared for team drills

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Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook passed another threshold in his recovery from a torn ACL last season.

According to Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com, Cook was cleared to return to team drills on Monday as the Vikings move through their final week of OTAs. He had been limited to individual drills and rehab work up until this point.

“I’ve been feeling good, but this week was another milestone in the rehab,” Cook said. “This was a milestone for me just to get back out there and get some things done.”

Cook had a tremendously promising start to his rookie season before being lost for the year in a Week 4 loss to Detroit. He rushed for 127 yards in his first game against the New Orleans Saints and combined for 169 yards from scrimmage in a Week 3 victory over Tampa Bay. However, Cook’s knee gave away when he tried to cut away from a closing Lions safety.

The Vikings have been encouraged by Cook’s recovery and expected him to be able to take part in some stuff during OTAs, but getting clearance to return to team work is another good sign.

14 responses to “Vikings running back Dalvin Cook cleared for team drills

  1. I can’t wait to watch Dalvin Cook this year in this offense. He was tearing it up last year before he got hurt.

  2. Hopefully Cook makes a strong and complete comeback.
    It’s a shame to see a young athlete suffer such an injury before their career barely gets off the ground.
    It was very disappointing to see WR, Kevin White, struggle so much with injuries and it’s doubtful he’ll ever make a true impact.

  3. pkrlvr says:

    June 6, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Guy looked like a beast before the injury. Hope he makes it back around week 3.

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    Week 3 so you don’t have to deal with him in week 2? lol

  4. Good news, would hate to be in such a RB pickle that you were forced to convert a WR to RB…

  5. I read an interesting interview with Dr. James Andrews, the guy that worked on Adrian Peterson. He said Peterson was the only player he is aware of that came back in one year and performed as effectively as he had pre-injury. There were many returning success stories, but nearly all were during the second year after returning. He called nearly all first year returns “a wash.” Adrian was a freak. Maybe lightning will strike in the same place twice. We’ll see.

  6. Week 3 so you don’t have to deal with him in week 2? lol
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    Uh yeah….thought that was obvious. It was a compliment to the kid.

  7. On an article about DeShone Kizer a couple weeks ago, I jokingly said I hoped Kizer would play a lot this year, implying that it would be better to see him than Rodgers. Packer fans savaged me for apparently wishing injury on Rodgers. That was no different from pkrlvr joking that he hopes Cook stays out until after the Packer game. It’s a cute joke and he obviously doesn’t really want Cook’s injury to keep him out of that game. We all want every team to be at full strength and may the best team win. Let’s try to have a sense of humor while engaging in good-natured ribbing with the other fanbase.

  8. stellarperformance says:
    June 6, 2018 at 10:38 am

    I read an interesting interview with Dr. James Andrews, the guy that worked on Adrian Peterson. He said Peterson was the only player he is aware of that came back in one year and performed as effectively as he had pre-injury. There were many returning success stories, but nearly all were during the second year after returning. He called nearly all first year returns “a wash.” Adrian was a freak. Maybe lightning will strike in the same place twice. We’ll see.
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    It is unusual for a running back to come back in the first year following a torn ACL as good as he was before the injury, but Peterson isn’t the only example. Jamaal Charles tore his ACL in the second game of 2011 and came back to rush for 1,509 yards in 2012. Todd Gurley tore his ACL in November of his last college season, was still the 10th pick in the draft, and rushed for 1,106 yards in 13 games as a rookie.

    There are also players at other positions who came back better than ever after tearing an ACL. Carson Palmer had his best season the year after his second ACL tear, and he was 36. Jeremy Maclin had his best season the year after tearing his ACL. Chad Greenway missed his rookie season after tearing his ACL in the first preseason game, then had a great first season. Jason Kelce and Chris Harris were both better players after their ACLs.

    We need to temper our expectations for Cook because every player and injury is different and you never know how it’s going to go. His youth, athletic ability, and rehab time provide reasons for optimism. Even if he isn’t quite as good as he was last year, he can still be really good.

  9. 4

    VIKINGS

    Case Keenum was a good quarterback for the Vikings in 2017, but Kirk Cousins will, in the long run, be more reliable and consistent, both over the course of the regular season and in terms of playoff potential. It’s hard not to like this move for an offense that already ranked 11th overall after having Keenum at the helm for most of last year. And I think Minnesota made a good contingency move in acquiring backup QB Trevor Siemian. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen offer serious playmaking ability, but the receiver depth chart beyond those two is probably the weakest part of this team. Having Dalvin Cook healthy for a full season at running back will only further enhance this attack. As for the No. 1 ranked defense, adding Sheldon Richardson — who has proven Pro Bowl talent — is almost unfair.
    – Gil Brandt

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